Though McAlester couldn’t make it to the second day of competition, Allford still called the season a success. The Lady Buffs peaked at the right time of the season, she said, and returned from Orlando without suffering any injuries.
This was Allford’s first season as head pom coach.
“It’s been hard to manage a group of six seniors and six underclassmen, because they’re established,” Allford said. “They’re set in their ways. The hardest thing, I think, was trying to make them believe in something you wanted to change.”
With their competitive season over, Allford said the Lady Buffs will now split their practice periods between training and volunteering in the community. Allford said she’ll also encourage her team to continue going to McAlester games in the winter and spring, even if the Lady Buffs are unlikely to perform as a squad.
“I’ve called the elementary schools,” Allford said. “They’re going to go and do some volunteer work and do some reading with the younger kids.”
Though Nationals meant the end of McAlester pom for seniors Kaylee Harvanek, Cambrea Lott, Sarah Sams, Kalyn Pirpich, Kyndle Souther and Alexandria Williams, five underclassmen will now start training for tryouts. Those five are sophomores Kelby Koonce, Amber Lenington and Kylie Deatherage, and freshmen Camryn Powers and Lainey Lordahl.
Pom dancers need to try out every year. But considering many describe their first tryout as a scary experience, having done so at least once before definitely gives this season’s underclassmen a leg up on any rookies looking to join the team.
“We’d like to see the seniors help prepare the underclassmen for the next year,” Haney said.
“It’s part of their offseason, is to help prepare for the next season.”
Tryouts for the 2014-15 pom squad will take place March 28 at Bob Brumley Gymnasium.
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